Topic: GAFA

ACCC watches as Epic Games brings Apple fight to Australia

Epic Games has filed a lawsuit in Australia accusing Apple of illegally maintaining its monopoly over the distribution of apps and in-app payments on its mobile platform, as the country’s competition watchdog said it is keeping a close eye on the case.

18 November 2020

UK tribunal backs CMA in Facebook exemption dispute

The UK’s specialist competition tribunal has rebuked Facebook for ignoring information requests from the country’s antitrust watchdog when applying for an exemption from an order that required it to stop integrating with Giphy during the enforcer’s review of the deal.

16 November 2020

Simons: Scale of potential harm should not be overlooked in merger review

Antitrust enforcers should consider not only the probability that a merger will harm consumers but also the magnitude of that potential injury, Federal Trade Commission chair Joseph Simons has said.

13 November 2020

CMA economist calls for updated merger rules in digital markets

Merger control rules need amending if competition enforcers are to stop large online platforms from further entrenching their market power through acquisitions, the chief economic advisor at the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority has said.

12 November 2020

EU sends chargesheet to Amazon and launches new abuse probe

The European Commission has formally accused Amazon of abusing its dominant position as a marketplace service provider in Germany and France, while also opening a second probe into the platform’s e-commerce business.

10 November 2020

India launches probe into Google’s payment app

India’s competition watchdog has ordered its investigative arm to probe Google after reaching a preliminary conclusion that the company abused its dominance by favouring its own payment service in its mobile application store.

10 November 2020

South Africa launches new digital strategy

South Africa’s competition enforcer has launched a new strategy to tackle competition issues in digital markets, which includes plans to require certain digital companies to report all national acquisitions.

04 November 2020

Still time to sign up for GCR Interactive: Women In Antitrust

GCR Interactive: Women In Antitrust will take place on 17 and 18 November, hosting panels about the impact of the US election, proposed regulation of online platforms and how competition agencies have reacted to the coronavirus pandemic.

03 November 2020

Vestager warns against fragmented approach to digital markets

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said the agency’s proposed new market investigation powers will help harmonise intervention in digital markets across member states, as she warned about the risks of disparate approaches in different countries.

29 October 2020

Germany launches Amazon and Apple probe

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has launched an investigation into Amazon and Apple over suspicions that the companies entered into an agreement that prevented third-party retailers from selling Apple’s products on Amazon Marketplace.

29 October 2020

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